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Review: Moon Spinners by Sally Goldenbaum

This was originally published at Dollycas’s Thoughts on April 15, 2010.

 

Hardcover Release April 27, 2010

The ocean breezes, sandy beaches and the moon glistening over the waves means we are back in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, for this third installment of Sally Goldenbaum’s Seaside Mystery Series.  
The Moon Spinners are at work, “imagine the women of ancient Celtic myth pulling the silvery strands of light from the sky and winding it on distaffs until weeks later the waning moon would disappear completely, leaving the world wrapped in a blanket of total darkness, the tides quieter, creatures safe from the hunter.“*
The Seaside Knitters are attending a fundraiser to build a new community center.  Two building companies are working together on the project even though the families can’t stand each other.  The party is interrupted by the drunken ex-wife of one of the builders who also happens to be a sister of the other.  This little interruption causes one lovely socialite to leave the party early.
At the same time Sam Perry is scuba diving at Devil’s Cove with some friends. It is his first night dive and as he emerges from the water he sees the moon hanging so low that he could almost reach up and touch it.  It looks almost eerie, Sam, never without his camera, turns it up toward the night sky, but his attention is quickly drawn to a car moving much to fast down the curvy road that outlines the edge of Devil’s Cove.  The other divers surfacing around him notice the car’s headlights and they all watch in horror as it misses the curve and flies through the air across the moon and falls to the rocky shore below.  Later we learn the brake lines on the car had been cut which means, it was no accident, but MURDER.
The Seaside Knitters spring into action to try to find the killer, but the clues do not knit together easily, many loose ends cause their theories to unravel, there is something they are all missing, the one thread that will stitch everything together.

 

Each book in the series gets better and better.  The characters are like old friends, and their friendship keeps them together through thick and thin.  It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, male or female, this group that meets every Friday night for food, drinks and fellowship will always be there for each other, and they welcome new people with ease.  Yes, there is a mystery to solve and the plot is tight, but these stories are more about the friendship to me.  It would be wonderful if we all could have a fantastic group of friends like this tightly knit group in Sea Harbor.  I hope there are more books in the series, I anxiously await another visit to this seaside village.

*excerpt from book

  
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from  Obsidian, an imprint of The New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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A Holiday Yarn by Sally Goldenbaum (ARC)

This was originally posted on Dollycas’s Thoughts on October 12, 2010.

An Obsidian Mystery

A Division of Penguin Publishing

4th in the Seaside Knitters Mystery Series

Release Date: November 2, 2010

We return to Sea Harbor, Massachusetts just in time for the holidays.  The Seaside Knitters are helping Mary Pisano turn her family home into a wonderful Bed & Breakfast.  Her first guests are her family, in town to discuss her grandfather’s will and tie up any loose strings.  Mary hopes the relaxed setting will sooth anyone’s feelings who may have been hurt by her inheriting the family home. When they see her renovations how can they not be happy with what she has done with her family legacy.
Mary not only has to make her family happy but also her neighbors.  One in particular, Henrietta O’Neal, who is doing everything she can to halt the opening of the B&B.

But Henrietta is just one small distraction hindering the opening of Ravenswood-By-The-Sea.  The bigger distraction is the dead body of Mary’s cousin Pam found on its snow covered grounds.  The family reunion has now become anything but relaxing and until the murderer is found all of Mary’s planS for her B&B begin to unravel. The Seaside Knitters are knitting the clues together as fast as they can so that the tragedy will not ruin everyone’s holiday.

I am always happy to visit Sea Harbor, even in the icy cold winter.  By this 4th sojourn to the seaside village all the characters are now old friends, the shops are decked out for the holidays and the recent snowfall really gets us in the holiday spirit, except for murders it is a truly magical place.

Sally Goldenbaum has created a place you will want to visit again and again with words as only she can.  This is the perfect story to “Escape” into. Curl up in a nice comfy chair, a fire in the fireplace, a cup of hot apple cider, sit back and enjoy as she takes you back to this seaside town full of the nicest people, but whose reputation for murder, mystery and mayhem will keep you on hooks and needles.  And don’t forget the power of mistletoe.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidian, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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